7 Places to Camp and Play in the Bay Area

7 Places to Camp and Play in the Bay Area

By Michelle Valenti

You don't have to go far from the city to find the fun. Head north to Marin, the birthplace of mountain biking, or south to find more secluded camps and trails. Either way, San Francisco is a great place to play.

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Mill Valley

A popular playground among locals, Mt. Tam offers ample opportuniteis for mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing. Reserve Your Campsite ?

Marin Mountain Biker

China Camp State Park

San Rafael

Waterfront views and ideal weather make this a popular weekend destination for cyclists, mountain bikers and windsurfers. Don't miss the mountain bike trails at Tamarancho in nearby Fairfax.
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Trail Runner

Anthony Chabot Regional Park

Castro Valley

Only 20 miles from Oakland, Anthony Chabot Regional Park has 5,067 acres of land for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Reserve Your Campsite ?

Point Reyes

Samuel P. Taylor State Park


Bordering Golden Gate National Recreation Area and close to Point Reyes National Seashore, there are enough trails here to keep you entertained year-round. Reserve Your Campsite ?

Mount Diablo

Mount Diablo State Park


Best know for it's view on a clear day, this 3,849-foot peak is chock full of trails and cliffs for hikers, bikers and climbers. Reserve Your Campsite ?


Portola Redwoods State Park

La Honda

Avoid the crowds and head south to one of the Bay Area's most underappreciated parks. Eighteen miles of trails wind through dense redwoods and douglas firs providing a quiet setting for those looking to get away. Reserve Your Campsite ?

Mountain Bike

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Scotts Valley

Pack your mountain bike and hiking shoes and soak in the relaxing atmosphere of Santa Cruz. Trails abound at both Henry Cowell State Park and nearby Wilder Ranch. Reserve Your Campsite ?

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